1625 McPhee Avenue, Courtenay, BC, V9N 3A6

Phone: 250-338-7793

Fax: 250-338-7287

Email: info@wachiay.com

Hours: Monday to Thursday 9am- 4:30pm and Friday 9am- 4pm

To build a strong community rooted in the philosophy and culture of our Peoples.

Programs & Services

NOTE:  Please call for appointment or program registration.

Poverty & Family Law Advocacy:  Advocacy for individuals having issues with:  Poverty Law: Amy, 778-225-0306. Referrals, assistance with issues related to disability and other benefits, tenancy, debt collection and more.

Family Law: Julia, 778-225-0310. Referrals, assistance with family law issues such as child or spousal support, divorce, separation, property division and more.

Elder Support:  Naomi, 778-225-0305. Provides support to elders in the community including weekly Elders lunch, transportation to medical and other appointments, to multi-community dinners and lunches, and to cultural and special events in the central Vancouver Island region.

FASD Keyworker:  Anny, 250-871-0803. Working with and providing a range of supports to families living with FASD, including strengthening existing community supports and resources and helping families navigate the various processes necessary to access those resources.

Helping Hands:  Emergency assistance, typically food bags, assessed on a case-by-case basis.  Photo ID required, open Monday and Thursday morning from 9:00 a.m. to noon.

Homeless Outreach Program: Ian, 778-225-0301. Support to individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness by connecting them with housing, income assistance and community support services.


Homeless Prevention Program: Roger, 778-225-0308. Supports to maintain housing that may include referrals to community supports, income supports and rent subsidies for eligible individuals.

Youth Legacy FAS/FAE Awareness Program: Meranda, 778-225-0294. FAS/FAE (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum/Fetal Alcohol Effects) education, awareness and prevention services Youth. Focus on learning about FAS/FAE and making healthy life choices in a youth friendly, safe environment.

Eagles Program: Meranda, 778-225-0294. For youth 12- 19 yrs, empowering youth and their families through cultural awareness, substance use prevention with a focus on FASD awareness.

Bears Program: Meranda, 778-225-0294. After school program for 6- 12 yrs, providing positive learning experiences for youth to instill a sense of accomplishment and build self- esteem through cultural awareness.

Hummingbirds- Early Childhood Development: Josie, 778-225-0300. Culturally based programming for parents and children age 0- 6 yrs offered Monday and Friday mornings. Provides healthy snacks, with interactive programming involving drumming, singing, story- telling and traditional teachings.

Clever Raven Aboriginal Head Start: 778-225-0296.Our staff is ECE certified and ready to learn along with you, our children (0- 6 yrs) and families. Our program is strong in cultural values and experiences.

Wachiay Studio: 250-871-0118  studio@wachiay.org  A social enterprise full service screen printing studio.

Legal Aid:  The Local Agent for Legal Aid is on site at Wachiay on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (closed 12- 1pm) phone: 250-897-1400  fax: 250-897-3261